i should make this my display photo

Kancolle Set Build

Since my Kancolle nendoroid collection seems to keep growing, I decided to make a little diorama to display them in! Since it was a lot of fun to make I took a few photos of the process of building it.

Along with using it for display, the set should definitely come in handy for photo stuff when the other kongou sisters arrive. I’m looking forward to using it more in the future for photography!

Kongou helps to construct the wainscoting for the set. Made out of colored paper, I used two shades of brown to give a sense of depth.

Windows are cut! Foamcore is great stuff to work with when doing stuff like this. I pasted on some textured paper to give the walls an off white color & some added texture.

Window trim and wainscoting added, things are starting to come together!

Since this will only be viewed from the inside, what the outside looks like doesn’t matter too much. Window panes are added by taping strips of paper to the outside, then a translucent paper is taped over for diffusing light

With the walls put together, it’s starting to look like an actual room! The wood floor is achieved by using textured paper.

Kongou approves!

As time moves on I’ll work on adding various accessories to make it more home like. I’m looking forward to using it more in the future for photography!

No Pictures, Please

So MCM London just wrapped up yesterday, and I want to talk a little about photo etiquette from the perspective of a stallholder. I think it’s pretty well established that you don’t photograph cosplayers without their permission (it SHOULD be well established. If you don’t know that, absorb it now. Ask before you take someone’s photo). Photography related to artist displays isn’t a topic I’ve seen discussed as much, though, and there are a couple of points I’d like to make.

Personally, I don’t mind being photographed. I’m at the show to be seen, I make an effort to dress up and present myself interestingly, and make a memorable experience for the people who stop by my table. It’s fun! It’s performance, and I take it as a compliment when someone enjoys that performance enough to want a picture. Sometimes people want a picture of the table display*, sometimes they want a picture of my outfit. Sometimes they even ask for selfies with me. That’s all fine, I actually really like it!

HOWEVER, I do not like being photographed without permission.

This weekend was the first time I’ve tabled without somebody else behind the booth with me, and for whatever reason (I suspect I know the reason) it was also the worst weekend I have ever ever ever had for invasive photography. Over the three days:

- Multiple people walked past and took pictures of me without asking or even making eye contact first
- Multiple people gestured to the table, asked “can I take a picture?” and then photographed me
- A man took a selfie with me without warning or permission
- A man took a cellphone picture of my breasts while I was leaning over to show him something on the stall
- A man walked around the back of my table and took candid photographs of me FROM THE EXHIBITOR AISLE while I was talking to a friend

Absolutely none of these things are acceptable.

When you ask me whether you can take a picture, it’s not just respectful, it’s a WARNING. It gives me a chance to present myself as I’d like to be presented professionally. It gives me the opportunity to refuse if I don’t feel comfortable with the use you might be putting the picture to. Most of all, it gives me the opportunity to psychologically prepare. Because I am at the convention as a professional, as a performer, to work. It’s the difference between taking a picture of an actor on stage and snapping them without warning behind the scenes.

Most of the time during a con weekend I am really tired, I’m stressed, and behind the stall I’m just a short solitary 26-year old woman flailing to keep up with the pace of the show in uncomfortable shoes. And I’m not there to give you a picture of THAT person – which is what you get when you photograph me without warning. It makes me feel vulnerable and out of character, and it genuinely throws off my ability to project the professional I’m trying to be.

Now obviously there are bigger issues with, e.g., taking a picture of my body without my knowledge. That’s invasive on a whole other level and frankly you should be fucking ashamed of yourself if you’ve ever done it. The guy who started photographing me from behind my periphery while I was engaged with a friend severely creeped me out, and actually took me beyond vulnerable to feeling actively unsafe. You cannot CANNOT enter the vendors’ avenue to photograph us unless we EXPLICITLY give you permission. That is backstage. That is private space. That is not an angle we are offering you. DON’T DO THAT.

I shouldn’t have to spell this out, but please. Please please. If you catch yourself about to do any of this, stop. Ask permission. And if you see somebody else doing it, SAY SOMETHING. Even if you don’t want to confront them yourself, let the stallholder know that they’re being photographed. Tell a steward. Do something to disrupt this awful behaviour.

* For the record, I don’t mind people photographing my table but this is something else you really have to ask about. Most of us are indie creators selling our own artwork, and we may not want images of it circulated outside of our sales avenues. Similarly, it is NOT OKAY to take pictures of individual pieces unless the artist explicitly tells you it’s okay on a case by case basis. If you want to own an image, BUY IT. Photographing complete pieces is piracy. It is art theft. It costs us money. DON’T.